Nice to be pleasantly surprised every now and then. Since the 5K a couple weeks ago and recent tempo runs have been lackluster I didn't have great expectations for this race. Figured I'd be lucky to dip under 42 minutes.
Ended up not looking at my watch much but just running by feel and glancing at my watch at the mile markers. Sure was nice to see after the first couple miles that I was coming in 5-15 seconds ahead of goal pace and it was feeling much easier than during training runs. The good vibes continued the entire race and although the last mile was plenty painful I still felt like I left a little on the table and could have pushed a little harder. Would have at least been nice to sneak in under 41 but for now I'll be content with the 41:08. Thanks Kim for all the cheers coming into the finish line, it gave me a big boost and helped me sneak under 6 min pace the last .2!
Splits were 7:16, 6:32, 6:37, 6:35, 6:40, 6:35, :53 (5:51 pace)
Sure is just plain fun to run when things click and nice to finally see that the training and mileage base benefits are starting to kick in. Looking forward to Hobble Creek and SGM.